In rural China, an innovative solution to reaching to vulnerable children
YUNCHENG, China, 23 May 2014 – Panpan has had to grow up quickly. Her mother left when she was only a year old, and her father works in a faraway town. Now just 8 years old, Panpan lives with her grandmother and grandfather in a rural village in Wenxi County, in central China’s Shanxi Province.
Setting aside spaces for breastfeeding mothers throughout China
FUJIAN PROVINCE, China, 31 July 2013 – The sight of a mother breastfeeding her child is a rare one in China. Xiaoyu Su, from Fujian province, had to fight her family and friends to breastfeed her newborn for the first six months. “Friends and family spared no effort in persuading me to give my daughter other food,” said Ms. Su. “If you don’t hold your beliefs strongly, it’s very easy to be influenced by others and give up breastfeeding.”
Chinese documentary about youth struggling to help their families wins UNICEF Prize
TOKYO, Japan, 5 November 2012 - Chinese filmmaker Huaqing Jin speaks via video message to the 39th Japan Prize ceremony, on behalf of Chinese television outlet Zhengjiang Satellite TV.
Social media campaign offers critical support to breastfeeding mothers in China
BEIJING, China, 4 May 2012 – When Xiaoyu Su, from Fujian Province, tried to convince her parents that her newborn daughter should be fed breastmilk and nothing else, she was criticized for being stubborn. Nevertheless, Ms. Su is proud that she managed to exclusively breastfeed her daughter for the first 6 months of life.
UNICEF launches Schools for Asia to improve education for millions
NEW YORK, USA, 10 January 2012 – UNICEF is launching Schools for Asia today, an international fundraising initiative to improve the access and quality of education for disadvantaged children living across Asia and the Pacific.
Life-skills programme helps migrant children in China cope with urban dangers
BEIJING, China, 21 December 2011 – “Now I can have dinner with both mama and papa every night!” said 9-year-old Xue Siqi, smiling from ear-to-ear.
Musicians from the Berliner Philharmoniker perform for Beijing's migrant children
BEIJING, China, 15 November 2011- For 12-year-old Chunchun, a child of migrant workers, meeting world class violinist Micha Afkham was extremely inspiring and motivating. Having played harmonica since grade one in the Zhongwu Primary School, Chunchun would like nothing more than to make music her profession one day.
In new campaign, Goodwill Ambassador Lang Lang urges stronger fight against HIV/AIDS
NEW YORK, USA, 7 July 2011 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and world renowned pianist Lang Lang is using his star power to help raise awareness of the urgency to do more in addressing the devastating impact of HIV and AIDS – especially on the world’s most vulnerable children.
UNICEF Hong Kong Ambassadors' visit raises funds for programmes in remote Liangshan
LIANGSHAN, China, 25 March 2011 – In an ongoing effort to reach the most vulnerable communities, ambassadors Karen Mok and Daniel Chan from the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (HKCU) – along with actress Astrid Chan and UNICEF staff members – visited children and families in Liangshan prefecture late last year.
UNICEF supports Beijing high-level conference on child rights in Asia and the Pacific
BEIJING, China, 8 November, 2010 – The conference started in the vast grandeur of China’s Great Hall of the People with one of the land’s most powerful leaders at the helm, and it ended with delegates from 28 countries in Asia and the Pacific symbolically stamping their thumbprints in red on a small screen.
Goodwill Ambassador Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona visit quake-affected China
BEIJING, China, 11 August 2010 – While in Beijing, players from Football Club Barcelona took time out of their training schedule to meet a group of children from earthquake-affected Mianzhu county in China’s Sichuan province.
UNICEF and partners open child-friendly spaces in Qinghai earthquake zone
BEIJING, China, 26 July 2010 – In the aftermath of the April 2010 earthquake that struck Qinghai Province's Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, UNICEF and the National Working Committee on Children and Women (NWCCW) have combined to establish four child-friendly spaces to support the long-term recovery and well-being of earthquake-affected children and women.
UNICEF supports resumption of education in China earthquake zone
BEIJING, China, 27 May 2010 – As relief pours into Yushu County, the epicentre of the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that struck China’s Qinghai province on 14 April, outlying areas on the Qinghai Plateau still require urgent attention.
Maggie Cheung appointed UNICEF Ambassador in China
BEIJING, China, 10 May 2010 – Acclaimed international film star Maggie Cheung has been appointed a UNICEF Ambassador in China.
Survivors recount earthquake's toll on schools in Qinghai Province, China
JIEGU, China, 26 April 2010 – When this small town in remote western China was hit by an earthquake on 14 April, 13-year-old Sangqiuyixi was sweeping the floor of her classroom at Yushu No.2 Ethnic High School. He broke the window and managed to escape.
UNICEF Executive Board gets first hand glimpse of health care in remote region
NINGXIA HUI AUTONOMOUS REGION, China, 22 April 2010 – A journey to the north-western Chinese region of Ningxia offered members of UNICEF’s Executive Board a firsthand look at health care for mothers and children in one of the most disadvantaged parts of the country.
Earthquake relief efforts continue in China despite altitude, cold and other obstacles
NEW YORK, USA, 19 April 2010 – High altitude is creating an obstacle for rescue teams delivering supplies to people affected by the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that struck Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in north-west China's Qinghai Province on 14 April.
UNICEF stands ready to help, if needed, following Qinghai earthquake in China
NEW YORK, USA, 14 April 2010 – Following this morning’s deadly earthquake in northwest China’s Qinghai province, UNICEF has extended its deepest sympathies to the Chinese people and is ready to assist if help is needed.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Leon Lai raises youth AIDS awareness in rural China
BEIJING, China,11 February 2010 – Hong Kong pop star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Leon Lai visited Longling County in south-west China’s Yunnan Province late last month, rallying support for Local Action for Rural Children, a programme aimed at strengthening community-based education and awareness of HIV and AIDS.
UNICEF and Xinhua News Agency join forces to promote children’s rights
BEIJING, China, 5 November 2009 – UNICEF and Xinhua News Agency, the official press agency of the People’s Republic of China, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining joint plans to promote better understanding of the situation of children worldwide.
Summer Camp nurtures dreams for children affected by HIV/AIDS
BEIJING, China, 20 August 2009 – The 6th annual Summer Camp for Children Affected by AIDS celebrated its closing ceremony at China’s Great Hall of the People. In attendance were 72 children, top government leaders and members of the national media.
IKEA and UNICEF aid China earthquake recovery
XIHE, China, 7 July 2009 – Almost 14 months ago, on 12 May 2008, a massive earthquake struck Sichuan Province's Wenchuan County. The earthquake left 88,000 people dead or missing and nearly 400,000 injured. It also damaged or destroyed millions of homes, leaving 5 million people homeless.
Child-friendly spaces after the earthquake in Sichuan province
LEIGU, China, 18 May 2009 – At a resettlement centre in one of the hardest hit areas of Sichuan province, six-year-old Doudou spends her days riding her bicycle, or singing and dancing with other children. For her, it has been a long road toward recovery.
International forum issues joint call for enhanced investment in micronutrients
NEW YORK, USA, 12 May 2009 – UNICEF is one of a wide range of development partners in the UN, academic, non-governmental and private sectors that today called on the world’s governments to invest more in life-saving vitamins and minerals to prevent illness, blindness and mental disorders that result from vitamin deficiencies.
One year after China earthquake, schools bring hope and opportunity
XIHE, China, 11 May 2009 – Well before dawn, sixth-grader Yang Mei, along with her younger brother Yang Zhen and sister Yang Yamei, leave their home in rural Gansu province for school.
Safe spaces help children deal with aftermath of China’s 2008 earthquake
FEISHUI, China, 5 May 2009 – Tang Xiaoping used to own one of the most popular private kindergartens in Feishui, a small township in Anxian, part of southwest China’s Sichuan Province. She had thought she would spend the rest of her life doing just that.
UNICEF ‘builds back better’ to improve water supply in China quake zone
CAOCHUAN, China, 20 April 2009 – It was a chilly morning in early March, and Gou Xiumian, carrying a plastic bucket, walked to the water point in her courtyard and turned the tap.
UNICEF provides medical equipment and ambulances in China quake zone
ANXIAN, China, 14 April 2009 – Liu Ju will never forget the early morning of 26 February 2009. She was pregnant at the time, and on that day she began to have labour pains.
ICDB annual award goes to Ghanaian and Chinese broadcasters
NEW YORK, USA, 11 November 2008 – Broadcasters from Ghana and the People’s Republic of China were named the winners of the 2008 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award in a ceremony held last night and attended by the regional finalists in the annual contest.
Lang Lang launches foundation to support children’s love of music
NEW YORK, USA, 20 October 2008 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and classical pianist Lang Lang is expanding his commitment to children’s rights by creating an international foundation to encourage children’s love of music.
Jackie Chan and other celebrities attend ‘Champions for Children’ event in Beijing
BEIJING, China, 15 August 2008 – One day after the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games, UNICEF China hosted ‘Champions for Children’ – an evening of advocacy for the most vulnerable children in China.
UNICEF to set up ‘child-friendly spaces’ in the Sichuan earthquake zone
BEIJING, China, 11 August 2008 - UNICEF will work with the government of China to set up 30 centres for the long-term psychological recovery of children and families affected by the 12 May earthquake. To that end, intensive training and basic facilities are being provided to local partners and social workers.
Summer camp aims to help children in China affected by AIDS
BEIJING, China, 11 August 2008 - On Saturday, the 5th Annual UNICEF Summer Camp for Children Affected by AIDS opened with a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People. The ceremony began with a song called “Tomorrow Will Be Better”, which was performed by eight children affected by AIDS.
UNICEF focuses on children affected by AIDS during the 2008 Olympic Games
NEW YORK, 6 August 2008 – As the eyes of the world turn towards China for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, UNICEF is taking the opportunity to focus attention on one of the country’s most marginalized groups – children affected by AIDS.
UNICEF Hong Kong Ambassadors show support for children in quake-affected Sichuan
BEIJING, China, 31 July 2008 – Three top celebrities who are also Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF Ambassadors visited earthquake-affected Southwest China’s Sichuan province recently.
Rebuilding the lives of earthquake-affected children in China
LONGNAN PREFECTURE, China, 20 June 2008 – Bending over a tiny desk, seven-year-old Zhang Ziwen does his homework in a tent near the Bailongjiang River.
After the quake, safety and a sense of security for Sichuan schoolchildren
NEW YORK, USA, 6 June 2008 – UNICEF has concluded its second assessment mission through China’s quake-damaged Sichuan province, organized to identify the most pressing needs for the millions of children whose schooling was disrupted by last month’s earthquake.
Chinese children take the first steps to recovery after earthquake
CHENGDU, China, 29 May 2008 – More than two weeks after a devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province toppled schools, wiped out towns and killed an estimated 67,000 people, children in the worst-hit areas are still experiencing the staggering psycho-social aftershocks.
Helping quake-affected children cope with trauma in Sichuan province
MIANYANG CITY, China, 21 May 2008 – Wang Yue, a fourth-grade primary school student, can’t think about the events of last week’s earthquake in Sichuan province without crying.
Rescue efforts continue in Juyuan after devastating earthquake
JUYUAN, China, 16 May 2008 – Rescuers are still racing against time to search for survivors in the Juyuan Township Middle School, which collapsed in the earthquake here on 12 May. As of this week, some 50 people have been confirmed dead with about 100 still buried beneath the rubble.
China requests emergency supplies to aid in quake recovery
SICHUAN, China, 15 May 2008 – Two days after the largest earthquake to hit China in a generation, the Chinese Government yesterday formally requested the support of the international community to respond to the needs of affected families.
UNICEF concerned about children affected by powerful earthquake in China
SICHUAN, China, 13 May 2008 – UNICEF expressed growing alarm today about children affected by a powerful earthquake in southwestern China that toppled houses and schools, leaving at least 60 students dead and, at latest count, over 4,700 children buried under the rubble of collapsed buildings.
China’s Youth Ambassadors raise HIV awareness, online and in the community
BEIJING, China, 28 February 2008 – China’s Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS campaign website was recently honoured as one of the country’s Leading Websites of the Year. The annual award recognizes young people in China who are battling HIV/AIDS through Internet awareness and messages of prevention.
Filmmaker wins award for documenting ‘Children Left Behind’ in rural China
HONG KONG, China, 2 November 2007 – Catherine Lee Yuk San, a TV producer with Hong Kong broadcaster TVB Jade, has won this year’s Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award for her documentary, ‘Children Left Behind’.
UNICEF and Special Olympics partner in China to raise disability awareness
SHANGHAI, China, 3 October 2007 – Competitors from over 160 countries converged on Shanghai this week as the city offered up a glowing welcome for the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games.
Seminar calls for community support for children orphaned by AIDS
HENAN PROVINCE, China, 14 September 2007 – On 6-8 September, an international seminar on children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS called Under the Same Sun was held in China's Henan Province.
FIFA-UNICEF campaign under way to break down gender barriers in schools
SHANGHAI, China, 13 September, 2007 – Eriko Arakawa, 27, fell in love with football at a very early age. “When I was five years old, I used to hear the sound of my older brother playing with his football – throwing it and dribbling it. I really liked that sound and I knew I wanted to play, too,” she recalls.
Steinway’s first ‘Lang Lang’ branded piano to benefit AIDS programmes in China
BEIJING, China, 25 April 2007 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and renowned pianist Lang Lang took time out from his busy concert schedule last week to launch his own branded line of pianos at Beijing’s main Steinway & Sons showroom.
‘Every child’s home’: China Blue Sky Children bring music to UNICEF
NEW YORK, USA, 27 February 2007 – Resplendent in red and bursting with energy, 21 Chinese children took to the stage at UNICEF headquarters today to celebrate more than half a century of partnership for children.
UNICEF launches its global website in Chinese
NEW YORK, USA, 15 January 2007 – UNICEF has launched a new edition of its global website in Chinese.
In China, a mother lifts her family from poverty
HENAN PROVINCE, China, 9 January 2007 – Like millions of youngsters across China, Liu Duoduo, 17, dropped out of school because of poverty.
Creating child-friendly schools in rural China
GUILIN, China, 22 December 2006 – School has become more 'child-friendly' in South China's Guangxi Province, thanks to a UNICEF-supported initiative for child-centred learning. Now, student’s voices are being heard for the very first time.
Educating young children left behind in China’s poor and remote communities
ANSHAN, China, 9 November 2006 – Zheng Qing lives in a remote village in the Cangxi county of China’s Sichuan Province. Her mother left home and her father works as a migrant labourer, so she has been raised by her grandmother. Until she started kindergarten two years ago, she was introverted and unwilling to play with other children.
China launches youth AIDS campaign with a global impact
BEIJING, China, 21 September 2006 – The global UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign was launched last week in China, the world’s most populous country.
Zhengzhou centre reaches out with care and support for street children
ZHENGZHOU, China, 24 August 2006 – For quite some time, the train station in Zhengzhou was 14-year-old Xie Pei's only home. After having problems with his family, he ran away and came to this big city, the capital of China’s most populated province, Henan.
Summer camp serves AIDS-affected children and fights stigma in China
BEIJING, China, 23 August 2006 – Seventy children from eight Chinese provinces gathered recently at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People to celebrate the annual opening ceremony of ‘Growing Up Together Under the Sunshine’, a summer camp programme for children affected by AIDS.
‘We Are Together’: Traveling exhibit documents lives of children living with AIDS
NANNING, China, 21 August 2006 – A photo exhibition in China is tackling stigma and discrimination by putting a face on the AIDS pandemic.
Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan and children co-star in avian flu awareness ad
HONG KONG, China, 15 August 2006 – The children could barely contain their excitement. On the eve of filming a new public service announcement on avian influenza with UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan, the six girls and boys cast in the spot were planning what they would say to the martial arts icon and world-famous movie star: “My name is… I come from… I like swimming and playing football…”
Football brings hope to Zhang Kai, 16, and other former street children in China
ZHENG ZHOU, China – Sixteen year-old Zhang Kai had many dreams, but after his parents divorced, he found himself alone and helpless in this city of 7 million people.
Protecting the rights of China’s migrant children
SHI JIAZHUANG, China, 5 July 2006 – The most populous country in the world is on the move. It’s estimated that more than 10 per cent of China’s population has already left their villages and hometowns in search of a better life.
‘Safe Beijing’ project prevents child injury, disability and death in China
BEIJING, China, 23 June 2006 – The life of Zhao Xingyu, 13, was forever changed by a roadside accident.
NBA and UNICEF promote AIDS education through sports in China
SHANGHAI, China, 20 June 2006 – UNICEF has teamed up with the National Basketball Association (NBA) to distribute HIV/AIDS education materials in sports kits to schools in seven provinces in China.
Distance learning project bridges the digital divide in China
GUANGXI PROVINCE, China, 19 April 2006 – Primary school children across China are learning about their peers, and communicating with them, with help from a UNICEF-supported distance education initiative. The project engages youngsters from diverse backgrounds in rural and urban areas to research issues of common interest using the Internet.
China’s first AIDS Youth Ambassadors make history at the Great Wall
BEIJING, China, 12 April 2006 – In the shadow of China’s historic Great Wall, UNICEF and the China National Committee for the Care of Children made some more history last weekend with the launch of a network of 100 AIDS Youth Ambassadors.
Spring reunion brings together host families of children affected by HIV/AIDS in China
BEIJING, China, 13 March 2006 – The Chinese Spring Festival is always a time of reunion, when people anticipate crowded train stations and packed airports on the way to see their loved ones. This year a special reunion took place in Beijing for a group of 20 families who shared a life-changing experience.
China: Youth face increased risk of exposure to HIV/AIDS
BEIJING, China, 22 February 2006 – The incidence of AIDS is still on the rise in China, according to a joint assessment report on the country's HIV/AIDS situation released in Beijing on January 25th.
AIDS campaign gathers momentum in China
BEIJING, China, 20 January 2006 – The UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign is gathering momentum in China with key messages broadcast on nationwide television and the internet reaching millions of young people.
UNICEF and AUDI launch ‘Driving Dreams’, a unique project to help thousands of out-of-school children
BEIJING, China, 16 December 2005 – UNICEF and car manufacturer Audi have launched the ‘Driving Dreams’ project, created to bring life-skills and sports activities to some 30,000 out-of-school children in over 150 poor villages across western China.
UNICEF Executive Director highlights gender equality and girls education during China trip
BEIJING, 29 August 2005 – Speaking today at the opening of ‘Beijing 2005: The 10th Anniversary Commemoration of the Fourth World Conference on Women’, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman emphasized the importance of programmes and partnerships that promote gender equality and empower women.
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visits China
YINCHUAN, 26 August 2005 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman is in China this week to address an event commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995.
Stars help fight stigma of HIV/AIDS in China
BEIJING, China, 5-10 March 2005 - Miriam Yeung and Daniel Chan are Goodwill Ambassadors with the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF. Both are famous entertainers, beloved by millions of fans in Hong Kong and elsewhere in China. Ms. Yeung is a singer, while Mr. Chan is a singer and an actor. They recently went to Shanxi province, China, to visit children affected by HIV/AIDS.
Jackie Chan donates US$64,000 to help tsunami victims
HONG KONG, 29 December 2004 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan has made a personal donation of a half million Hong Kong dollars - about US$64,000 – to UNICEF to aid in their tsunami relief efforts.
UNICEF Executive Directory Carol Bellamy meets with China’s Vice Premier
BEIJING, 8 September 2004 – Vice Premier of China Madame Wu Yi and UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy met on 2 September to discuss the situation of children and women in Western China, following Ms. Bellamy’s three-day visit to the Tibet Autonomous Region.
China's children affected by HIV/AIDS
HENAN PROVINCE, China, 11 June 2004—"Daddy died three years ago because of the disease called AIDS." Taohua (not her real name) is a skinny 11-year-old girl with a ponytail. She is shy but well spoken. "First he had headaches. Then he got very sick and went to see a doctor, but he just got sicker. My mom wanted to buy some medicine, but our family was too poor. My daddy didn’t want my mom to spend the money."